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Buyer Beware: Antimicrobial Products Can Do More Harm Than Good

June 20, 2017

Are you buying antimicrobial or antibacterial soaps? According to over 200 scientists and medical professionals, you may want to save your money. A consensus statement published today in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives concludes that common antimicrobial products do not provide health benefits and cause health and environmental harm. The statement also calls for greater caution in using antimicrobial chemicals in everyday products.…

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Newly discovered fluorinated chemicals more difficult to filter from water

May 30, 2017

A peer-reviewed study released today documents that newly discovered highly fluorinated chemicals are likely to be more difficult to remove from drinking water by activated carbon filtration systems. The study, Sorption of Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) relevant to Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF)-impacted Groundwater by Biochars and Activated Carbon, was published in a special virtual issue of Environmental Science and Technology focusing on highly fluorinated chemicals…

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The Never-Ending Story: Chemicals that Outlive – and Harm – Us

February 22, 2017

Chemical manufacturers have agreed to pay $670 million in damages to people with cancer and other health harm from exposure to a recently phased-out highly fluorinated chemical. In a peer-reviewed feature article, A Never-Ending Story of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs)? in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, researchers highlight that numerous related chemicals continue to provide…

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Toxic chemicals contaminate drinking water of 6 million in US

August 9, 2016

Cancer-causing highly fluorinated chemicals are polluting the drinking water of an estimated 6 million – and likely many more – Americans, and the blood of almost everyone. For the first time, researchers have used sophisticated mapping technology to identify military bases, airports, industrial sites, and wastewater treatment plants as the major sources of contamination and to connect the dots from sources to drinking water…

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Trading your health for stain- and waterproof clothing?

April 30, 2015

Stain-resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal” is how journalist Callie Lyons refers to a chemical called C8 found in the bodies of nearly all humans and animals on the planet. Exposure is linked to a wide range of health problems including cancer, liver malfunction, hypothyroidism, obesity, ulcerative colitis, and decreased immune response to vaccines in children…

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Health, Firefighter, Consumer and Science Groups Seek Ban on Household Products with Toxic Chemical Flame Retardants

March 31, 2015

Today, a broad coalition of health, firefighter, consumer and science groups filed a petition asking the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to ban four categories of consumer products — children’s products, furniture, mattresses and the casings around electronics — if they contain any flame retardant in the chemical class known as organohalogens. Petitioners include…

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Majority of Couches in New Study Contain Toxic Flame Retardants: Flame Retardants Associated with Cancer, Hormone Disruption And Neurological Harm

November 28, 2012

A new Duke University and UC Berkeley study published today in Environmental Science & Technology found that 85% of the couches were treated with chemical flame retardants, which are either toxic or lack adequate health information. Of the 102 couches tested, 41% contained chlorinated Tris (or TDCPP), a cancer-causing flame retardant removed from baby pajamas in the 1970s, while another 17% contained the globally-banned chemical pentaBDE.…

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